RALEIGH, NC (AP) – More than 200 million eggs distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states have been recalled due to bacterial contamination.
A notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration's website said on Friday the eggs sent from a North Carolina farm may be contaminated with salmonella. The bacteria can cause nausea, diarrhea and, in rare cases, death. Twenty-two diseases have been reported.
"Consumers with these eggs should not eat them," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Twitter. "Throw them away or return them to the place of purchase to obtain credit or reimbursement".
The notice said that Rose Acre Farms, based in Indiana, was voluntarily removing the eggs "for a great deal of caution." A spokesman for the company did not immediately respond to a message seeking further comments on Sunday.
The eggs reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the notice.
The recall arose after illnesses were reported in the states along the east coast, and the FDA inspected the farm in eastern Hyde County, North Carolina, which produces about 2 million eggs per day. Gottlieb said the agency's tests connected the recalled eggs to people who became sick.
The notice lists varieties of a brand from the Food Lion store, as well as some available boxes such as the Great Value brand, which is sold at Walmart. The recall also lists the eggs that were distributed in the Waffle House restaurant chain.
Food Lion has removed the eggs removed from the shelves of the approximately 400 stores where they were available, spokeswoman Emma Inman said.
"The eggs that are in stores today are safe," she said over the phone. She said she had no information about whether Food Lion customers were among those who got sick.
The company officials at Walmart and Waffle House did not respond immediately to the messages they were looking for on Sunday.
LINKS: FDA Retirement of Rose Acre Farms | CDC Salmonella Data
By JONATHAN DREW
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